The Oklahoma Grocers Association is joining supermarkets and food manufacturers nationwide in celebrating the first Supermarket Employee Day on Feb. 22. FMI – The Food Industry Association has proclaimed this new holiday to recognize employees at every level for the work they do feeding families and enriching lives.
With more than 40,000 individual stores that sell food and grocery items in the U.S. alone, supermarkets are the backbones of communities. In Oklahoma, more than 43,000 employees come to work daily to keep shelves stocked and to provide communities with essential services that help them survive and thrive. It’s for reasons like these that Gov. Kevin Stitt has signed a statewide proclamation making Feb. 22 Supermarket Employee Day.
“Grocers across the state have been helping the whole community to stay strong during the COVID-19 pandemic and recent significant winter weather events,” said Ron Edgmon, president and CEO of Oklahoma Grocers Association. “When COVID-19 forced people to home shelter, we stayed open. When ice storms and blizzards hit the last six months, we stayed open. And we have continued to adapt and serve our communities every day. There is no question that supermarket employees are heroes. We are thrilled to honor and celebrate them!”
Despite supply chain disruptions or work-force reductions, supermarket employees have demonstrated Trojan efforts to keep communities going. Supermarket employees have personified compassion and courage when communities have most needed to be encouraged.
“Supermarket employees have earned our gratitude and respect, which is why we are creating a holiday to celebrate them,” said Leslie G. Sarasin, president and CEO of FMI – The Food Industry Association. “The fact is they always have been frontline heroes during periods of crisis. In the face of natural disasters or global pandemics, these brave and dedicated individuals keep communities strong and moving forward.”
“On behalf of Oklahoma’s food industry, we invite all Oklahomans to congratulate and thank local supermarket heroes,” said Edgmon. “Better yet, honor your favorite heroes in your social media and use the hashtags, #SupermarketEmployeeDay and #SupermarketHeroes.”